September Events in Charleston

As summer comes to an end, autumn brings in a season of festivals, concerts, and relaxing evenings sipping on your favorite wine. September may be one of the best times to visit the #1 city in the U.S.! Charleston is stacked with various events catering to everyone’s tastes. Whether you are here for the art scene, or searching for something to do with the family, Charleston caters to both locals and guests alike. Check out our favorite upcoming events this month!

First Friday Artwalks

When: September 1 | 5-8 pm
Where: Various locations in Downtown Charleston

One of Charleston’s best traditions, First Friday Artwalks are a way of debuting the city’s vibrant art scene. This special occasion occurs on the first Friday of every month (excluding January and July) and highlights dozens of art galleries and studios across the entire city. This is your chance to check out local art studios and mingle with local artists.

Lowcountry Jazz Festival 

When: September 2-3
Where: Gaillard Center

This year’s festival will feature some of the biggest names in smooth jazz such as Gregory Porter and Jonathan Butler. Join us for a weekend of world-class jazz in the heart of downtown Charleston. This festival will be sure to elevate your experience in the holy city. Whether you are a seasoned jazz enthusiast or just looking for something new to try in Charleston, the Lowcountry Jazz Festival guarantees a spectacular weekend.

Credit One Stadium Shows

When: Shows hosted throughout September
Where: Credit One Stadium

September is stacked with several artists visiting the #1 city. The newly renovated Credit One Stadium now hosts a range of musicians every month. Whether you are looking for rock or country, this stadium will fit every person’s musical tastes. Artists like Train (September 2), Old Dominion (September 28), and Noah Kahan (September 29) are just a few of the celebrities taking on the Holy City. Get ready for an unforgettable night dancing and singing away to some of the most popular artists this year!

Charleston Beerfest

When: September 9 | 1-7 pm
Where: Riverfront Park

Beer lovers from all over the city have the opportunity to spend the day tasting new craft beer, trying small bites, and enjoying live music. This year will feature over 60 breweries from all over the southeast. Beers will range from local IPAs, new stouts, and tasty sours. Proceeds from the festival will also be donated to Palmetto Community Care. Raise a glass to this must-see event that will take over Riverfront Park.

2nd Sunday on King Street

When: September 10 (Every month on the second Sunday)
Where: King Street from Queen to Calhoun Street, Downtown Charleston

Discover the charm of King Street without the hassle of traffic! You can explore the street and discover a selection of carefully chosen artists showcasing their work, as well as unique food vendors and other delightful surprises. Take your time to explore the area and uncover hidden shops that you might have missed before.

Dancing on the Cooper

When: September 16 | 7-10:30 pm
Where: Mount Pleasant Pier

If you’re looking for some fun summer entertainment, head over to the Mount Pleasant Pier where you can enjoy an evening of dancing to a variety of music. This month, guests can groove to popular hits from the 80s and 90s. The pier is located on the Cooper River, which provides an incredible view of the city skyline while you dance the night away. Purchase your tickets and spend the evening socializing, dancing, and enjoying the city’s evening scene!

Charleston’s Farmers Market

When: Saturdays, April 8-November 25, 2023 | 8 am- 2 pm
Where: Marion Square | 329 Meeting Street, Charleston|

Located on Marion Square, this weekly event features over 200 vendors, ranging from fresh produce to baked goods, and even crafts. These vendors are all local farmers, with fresh food grown right in the Lowcountry. The market also features live music so you can enjoy some entertainment while shopping. The Farmers Market is a great way to kick off your Saturday in the Holy City.

50 Years of Folly

When: September 22-October 1, 2023
Where: Folly Beach

Celebrate 50 years at one of the city’s most popular spots this September. Despite expanding and growing in size, the island has kept its laid-back beach vibe that has made it so popular. Originally a small fishing town, this popular tourist spot is spending September celebrating the past half century with a variety of activities. From car shows to galas, there is something that people of all ages can enjoy. Be sure to purchase tickets to each event to secure your spot for this must-see celebration!

Autumn on the Ashley

When: September 30 | 5-7 pm
Where: Magnolia Plantation

Widely considered one of the best date night ideas, Magnolia Plantation plays host to this popular wine event. Spend the evening surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Magnolia Plantation with wine and light bites from local vendors. This popular event also includes live music and tours throughout the gardens of the plantation. This event is perfect for new couples wanting to get away from the busy city for the evening and stroll through beautiful gardens with some complimentary wine.

Indigo Dyeing Workshop at Drayton Hall

When: September 30 | 10 am
Where: Drayton Hall

Join us for an immersive indigo dyeing workshop at Drayton Hall to close out September. Led by experienced instructor Caroline Harper, participants have the chance to learn about the art of dyeing fabric with indigo. Learn the meticulous process of dye preparation, fabric treatment, and application in the tranquil setting of Drayton Hall. At the end of this experience, you’ll take home your own unique, hand-dyed scarf.


As you can see, September is the perfect month for exploring Charleston. From jazz festivals that make your heart sway to art walks that ignite your creativity, the city's throwing its doors wide open, welcoming you to a September that's as warm as its hospitality, and as cool as its historic cobblestone streets. So why wait? Charleston's got a September with your name on it!